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Can't get the case off the beater bar assembly

I sucked up a shoelace which jammed the beater bar and broke the belt.

I can not seem to get the unit apart to fix it. No screws or anything and it seems like it will break if I force the edges out any further. How do you get these things apart?

My email is bob@rewindshow.com

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Wish I had the complete model number, but you can go to sears.com and click on the parts link and enter your model number, a parts list and a picture diagram showing the breakdown will come up.
On some of the powerheads, you take out 2 screws, then there are tabs holding it together on the back and on each side, release them and the top comes off.
On some othere, the cover over the light comes off, depress te sides and back to release it, then there will be 2 screws to take out. Then using a flat blade, you will see slots from the bottom edge of the top cover, pry out from these slots and the top will come off.

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